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Dear Brits: Increasingly Urgent Looking Compilation of Blogs on Toryism and Austeriarchy

May 6, 2015

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Right now I’m twitchy and obsessed.  Tomorrow the electors of the world’s fifth biggest economy vote to decide whether some version its current hideous government is to be perpetuated (and accelerated) or whether some mitigation or partial respite from cruelty and injustice is to be cobbled together.

There comes a point when the clock starts to run out and you start to shed any desire for originality of sentiment or witty economy of analysis.  You just want to say the same things over and over again.  It’s no longer about looking clever, but about a kind of rigidity of desperate urgency.

Anyhow – here are all my blogs on the depravity of austeriarchy and the need to save lives.   We’re all at the share-tweet-repeat stage of political engagement at this stage.  I’m well aware that none of these bleats has the same political impact as a photo of Ed Miliband eating a sandwich with an odd look on his face.

1)  https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/wicked-andor-insane-twaddle-about-hard-working-families/

This is the one that argues that all this tosh about “hard working families” obfuscates the reality which is that inherited wealth matters more than it has in many decades – thanks to the present government.  Is there a less energetic way of earning money than inheriting it from Ma and Pa?  I mean, even lottery winners have to pop down to the corner shop and actually buy a ticket…

2)   https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/who-can-forget-the-inheritance-tax-riots-of-1990/

This is the one that makes fun of Cameron’s claim that inheritance tax is the most hated tax in Britain.  Seem to remember blood on the streets over some tax or other…

3)   https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/how-big-is-your-society-david-cameron/

This is one that tries to dissect the supposed cult of volunteerism that is meant to step in when the state steps back.  But the state isn’t just stepping back when it comes to poverty and deprivation – it is vilifying and criminalising the poor and deprived – making voluntarism less likely.

4)   https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/perhaps-cameron-is-to-charity-what-the-marquis-de-sade-was-to-sentimentality/

This is a similar one, that looks at the peculiar relationship between sentimentality and sadism.  Cameron’s love affair with the IDEA (though not the practice) of private charity naturally lends itself to wanting to multiply the objects of charity.

5)   https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/ukip-and-the-conservative-or-unionist-party-switch-their-national-allegiance-from-the-uk-to-the-t/

This is the one where I point out that the Conservatives would rather lose Scotland (and therefore Britain) forever rather than decelerate the whole “kicking poor people in the head” thing.  Cameron has no right to stand in front of a Union Flag cos he’s doing more to dismember the Union than any politician before him. In reality he stands not for the UK – but the TKK (Truncated Kingdom of Kickdown)

6)   https://wordpress.com/post/50614718/3352/

This the one about social mobility and the lack thereof.  It has a graph.  Guess what – the countries that have decent welfare provision also have the highest rates of social mobility.  This is not just empirically demonstrable but it’s logically obvious.  If you’re just struggling to survive on a week to week basis you won’t become an inventor or a successful business owner.  If your basic needs are taken care for, your aspirations widen.

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/dependency-culture/

7)  This is the one that attacks the idea that “Dependency Culture” exists at all, outside the blinkered imaginations of kickdownists.

8)   https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/christian-conservatism-or-wheres-my-opiate-2/

This is a theological excursion that considers what “Christian Conservatism” might mean logically.  Frankly, I think these days a lot of people call themselves Christians because they hate Jesus too much to be honest Satanists.

9)  https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/should-the-archbishop-forgive-david-cameron/

This one overlaps a lot with the above.  I suppose it’s all a question of “where is the love?”  I mean, really, where is it?  Where is the love?

10)  https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/austerity-isnt-about-belt-tightening-its-about-killing-people-how-many-should-die-next-winter/

And the final bottom line.  Present government policy isn’t about “belt-tightening”.  That makes it sound like austerity makes people trimmer – fitter – apt to live longer.  No – austerity kills people.  It killed thousands last winter and will kill thousands more next winter.  Every Tory (and UKIP) vote is a signature on someone’s death sentence.

So that’s a list of ten blogs. I’m done now for this election and I’m tired.  My time is much better spent sharing and tweeting the contributions of people who are cleverer than I am.

As I cut and paste these links, it occurs to me that one of the (very very many) reasons why I’d be an ineffectual full time politician is simply the degree of repetition involved.   You have to say the same thing over and over again.  But now, with just a day till polling, repetition is all I have left, or can afford.

Don’t vote Tory (or UKIP) – their lack of compassion is lethal.

(rinse and repeat)

Don’t vote Tory (or UKIP) – their lack of compassion is lethal.

(rinse and repeat)

Don’t vote Tory (or UKIP) – their lack of compassion is lethal.

(rinse and repeat)

Don’t vote Tory (or UKIP) – their lack of compassion is lethal.

(rinse and repeat)

Don’t vote Tory (or UKIP) – their lack of compassion is lethal.

(rinse and repeat)

Don’t vote Tory (or UKIP) – their lack of compassion is lethal.

(rinse and repeat)

Don’t vote Tory (or UKIP) – their lack of compassion is lethal.

(rinse and repeat)

Don’t vote Tory (or UKIP) – their lack of compassion is lethal.

(rinse and repeat)

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